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  • THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

    PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE & THE COMMONS ON FLICKR

    Hilary Roberts

    Head of Collections Management

    hroberts@iwm.org.uk

  • THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

    National museum of conflict from 1914 to present day

    5 branches in Britain

    600 staff

    2 million actual visitors from all over the world

    8 million virtual visitors to website

  • IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

    ART (paintings, posters, sculpture)

    DOCUMENTS (personal papers, literary manuscripts,

    government papers)

    FILM & VIDEO (amateur and professional including

    the official archives of NATO & British armed forces)

    OBJECTS (from aircraft and warships to firearms and

    medals)

    PHOTOGRAPHS (amateur and professional photography)

    PUBLICATIONS (books, journals and maps)

    SOUND RECORDINGS (historic radio broadcasts,

    interviews with veterans of conflict)

  • ROLE OF THE IWM PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE

    1. Maintains the UK national collection of photographs dealing with modern conflict.

    2. Place of deposit for photographs generated by British armed forces and Ministry of Defence.

    3. Vital source for students of military, social and family history, media studies, war photography, Empire and Commonwealth

    4. Provides expert advice to professional managers of historic photograph collections

  • THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE

    16,000 collections

    10 plus million images

    All conflicts 1856 present

    80% reportage

    20% art

    All 20th/21st century processes

    Born digital images now acquired in bulk

    40,000 images online

  • IWM PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE USERS

    Worldwide audience, many without English as first language

    6% heritage

    7% education

    9% government

    23% commercial

    55% private

  • THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE

    IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM Collections Online

    www.iwm.org.uk or www.iwmcollections.org.uk

    A separate data set of records derived from in-house databases

    Online sales and licensing of digital images

  • IS THIS ACCEPTABLE?

  • Exhibitions: London

    90th Anniversary of the Armistice: In Memoriam

  • The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to

    firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's

    public photography archives, and secondly to

    show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.

    You're invited to help describe the photographs

    you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by

    adding tags or leaving comments.

  • Photography, once regarded as the most instantaneous of all arts, has also

    proved to be one of the most permanent recorders. The events and the men may

    pass, but the photographic plates remain as an indelible record. Five, or ten, or

    twenty five years from now, they will be shown to us and our sons, and will link

    the decades together in a way unimagined by our ancestors.

    Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook 1918